Mela T ® peels

Body Renewal Tip

No matter how great your skin is at 25 , the inevitable age spots, pigmentation marks, red blemishes and sagging will slowly leave their marks on one's face by the time one reaches 35 and these will worsen with time . At Body Renewal we have recognized this problem and have come up with a customized solution to make it more affordable for the average person by combining our signature laser treatment, 3 D Skin Rejuvenation™ in an affordable package over a period of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1What is a Mela T® peel?
  • 2Who would benefit from exfoliation treatments with Mela T ® peel?
  • 3What are the contra-indications Mela T ® peels?
  • 4How are Mela T® peels done?
  • 5How does Mela T® peels work?
  • 6When are the Mela T peel used?
  • 7What are the typical areas that are treated with Mela T® peel ?
  • 8What do you need to know before proceeding with Mela T® peel?
  • 9What preparation of the skin is needed prior to a Mela T® peel procedure?
  • 10Can Mela T® peel be combined with other treatments?
  • 11Is a Mela T® peel safe?
  • 12Can all skin types be safely treated with Mela T ® peel?
  • 13When are the Mela T peels used?
  • 14Is Mela T available at all Body Renewal branches?

Mela T® peel series is a 3 peel system for more advanced skin problems and medium depth chemical peels and is performed by an aesthetician who is trained in the Mela T application.

This chemical peeling system allows the aesthetician to address a wide range of common cosmetic skin conditions with great efficacy, safety and great results. Using a range of synergistically functioning ingredients and penetration enhancers, Mela T ® can achieve similar results to far more aggressive and invasive peels in a more controlled, comfortable and well tolerated manner. Not only is patient comfort significantly improved over traditional deeper peels, but patient satisfaction and clinical results are assured.

Mela T® peel is a full epidermal peel for hormonal pigmentation (Melasma) that is resistant to treatment with normal superficial AHA and BHA peels and contains:

Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Citric acid, TCA and Vitamin A in the form of Retinoic Acid

  • Mela T is indicated for the treatment and improvement of the following cosmetic concerns:
  • Photo Ageing
  • Actinic keratosis ( pre cancerous rough lesions)
  • Solar elastosis
  • Solar lentigines( age spots)
  • Fine lines in the skin
  • Melasma which is resistant to normal superficial epidermal peels
  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation PIH which is the common blemish after acne has resolved
  • Superficial acne scarring
  • Allergy to salicylic acid
  • Open skin abrasions, or infections
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding
  • Thyroid problems
  • Active Herpes Simplex
  • Herpes simplex can be done under anti viral cover
  • Keloid scarring
  • Porphyria
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Recent sun or sun bed exposure
  • Any treatment of Vitamin A based therapy or Roaccutane in last 6 months
  • Any peels or facials in last month

At Body Renewal, Lamelle Medical Peels are performed by trained therapists in the space of time it takes to do a traditional facial.

These treatments utilize a three stage peel consisting of:

Layer 1: Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid

Layer 2: TCA

Layer 3: Vitamin A in the form of Retinoic Acid

  • Only on Fitzpatrick Skin types 1-4 (Types 5 and 6 will be treated without Layer 2, namely the TCA)
  • Treatment of photo- aging skin
  • Excellent for pigmentation when other peels have failed to lift pigment after normal AHA or BHA peels
  • Solar lentigenes (brown spots)
  • Melasma (hormonal pigmentation) lying in the epidermis
  • Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation ( blemishes after acne has resolved)
  • Superficial acne scarring and fine wrinkling

Virtually any area on the body can be treated and includes skin rejuvenation of the Face, Neck, Decollete, Arms and Hands

  • Mela T peel has 3-5 days downtime
  • Mela T® peel -Peel is a full Epidermal peel
  • Treatments can be repeated monthly if required until the desired effect is reached

After your initial consultation, you will be given a Brightening cream (or a pigmentation inhibiting cream or serum)which must be applied to the entire face daily for ten to 14 days before the peeling process can begin. This down regulates 6 enzyme pathways that produces melanin and will prevent the possibility of post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation PIH that can occur after any exfoliation procedure.

Mela T® peel is a full thickness epidermal peel and are not combined with other treatment unless 4 weeks of recovery and healing has taken place. As an aesthetic clinic we offer anti ageing treatments and problem specific laser and light treatments as an addition to our Mela T® peel to ensure amazing results. For maximal benefit, 2 to 4 in-office professional Mela T® peels 4-8 weeks apart should be performed to keep the skin continuously rejuvenated. If you feel that your skin requires more intensive treatments please schedule an appointment with the aesthetic doctor to determine which medical aesthetic treatment should be prescribed.

Mela T® peels can be performed 2 weeks after injectable fillers and Botox ®. There are numerous treatments that can be combined with Mela T® peel but a period of waiting ( 2 to 4 weeks) is recommended before proceeding with other anti ageing combination treatments such as 3 D Skin Rejuvenation™, Carboxytherapy, Skin Tightening treatments and laser and light treatments.

At Body Renewal numerous Mela T® peels have been administered to our patients with great results with minimal side effects. As there could be adverse post peel reactions, Mela T must be done by a trained therapist under the supervision of a medical doctor who is trained in handling post Mela T peel complications.

Possible reactions include:

  • Excess dryness (Lamelle post barrier cream, Skin Medica Restorative Ointment, Skin Medica TNS Ceremide Cream or Vaseline is recommended to protect dry areas)
  • Acne breakout may occur which is usually sorted out by a week long course of oral antibiotics, or by simply waiting for the minor inflammation following the peel to be resolved (breakouts are transient and will clear by themselves if given a week or two to simply heal)
  • Herpes Simplex( cold sores) can be precipitated and this can be managed prophylactically with an anti viral
  • Pruritus( itchy skin) is very rare but can be managed with oral anti histamines
  • Hyperpigmentation is uncommon if the skin is pre treated with the prescribed topical pigmentation inhibiting products. .

Only skin types 1 to 4 can be safely treated with Mela T® peel with minimal pain and approximately 3 to 5 days of downtime can be expected as this is full thickness epidermal peel. Skin Types 5 and 6 can be treated, but a much more conservative approach needs to be taken as we would not perform Layer 2 (TCA) on these skin types.

  • Only on Fitzpatrick types 1-4
  • Mela T can be used on Type 5 & 6 if there has been adequate pre treatment of the entire face with topical pigmentation inhibitors and by avoiding the use of TCA on these skins. Treatment of photo- aging
  • Excellent for pigmentation when other peels have failed to lift pigment
  • Actinic keratosis (pre-cancerous lesions)
  • Solar lentigenes (brown spots)
  • Melasma (hormonal pigmentation) – provided the bulk of the pigment is epidermal (If it is dermal there are other options used for this type of Melasma)
  • Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation
  • Superficial acne scarring and fine wrinkling

Mela T is available in Johannesburg at the Morningside, Parkhurst, Bedfordview,Fourways and Illovo clinics. In Pretoria at Irene and Brooklyn as well as in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Willowbridge branches and KwaZulu Natal in Hillcrest and Umhlanga.

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